OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says the federal government is doing everything it can at the highest levels to secure the release of two Canadians held without charge in Egypt.
More than seven weeks after they were arrested at the height of civil unrest in Cairo, Toronto filmmaker John Greyson and London, Ont., doctor Tarek Loubani were ordered detained for another 45 days on the weekend.
Baird says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has asked that the government bring all of its resources to bear on resolving the impasse as soon as possible.
He says Canadians need to know Ottawa is doing everything in its legal and political capacity to secure the pair’s freedom.
The men say they were observing an anti-government demonstration Aug. 16 when Loubani heeded a call for a doctor and began treating wounded demonstrators while Greyson recorded the unrest on video.
The men said they were later arrested by police, beaten and dumped in a squalid, cockroach-infested jail cell crammed with a number of protesters.